The sound of Salzburg

The Sound of Music is the kind of film that defies both superlative and age. Starring the inimitable Julie Andrews, the movie won five Academy Awards back in 1966, and to this day, remains the third highest grosser in Hollywood. It turns 50 this year, and clearly, nobody is immune from its charm, not even…

Tour de dessert: Swiss Bliss

Cheesy, I know. But it’s Swiss, so I’m allowed to be cheesy. And I’ll stop before it gets worse. Lonely Planet recently had this piece on Europe’s most delicious pastries, cakes and tarts – some usual suspects like the Italian Cannoli, some surprises like voting for the Fächertorte over the Sachertorte in Austria. But overall,…

Sinful sachertorte

If god hadn’t meant for people to get fat, he wouldn’t have made such desserts… Ladies and gentlemen, presenting… The Sacher Torte… Read all about this delectable dessert and its interesting history here. As for me, I am going to gaze long and longingly at the photo and remember my wonderful time in Vienna last…

The hills are alive

In Salzburg, there are two kinds of people; those who love the movie and those who absolutely abhor it. And oh yes, there is a third type: those who make a living from it. Like the guys at Panorama Tours with whom I am all set to take a Sound of Music tour around the…

The non skiers go to a ski village

One of my travel dreams is for a ski holiday sometime, somewhere – preferably in the Alps. I did manage to go to a ski resort in Austria on my Europe holiday this April. Not to ski – given that neither my husband nor I know even the basics of skiing. Actually, we didn’t even…

The things people pay money to see

The Toilet of Modern Art, for one. Really. Thankfully some things are still free – like the quirky and delightful HundertwasserHaus right across the street from this ridiculous museum. More on HundertwasserHaus and Vienna here…

Vienna: My Kind Of Place

Why Vienna Vienna consistently tops surveys as the best city to live in (most recently the Mercer 2010 “Quality of Living” survey of 215 cities). Vienna also keeps you guessing: classical or modern? Eastern Europe or unabashedly western? The glorious past or the vibrant present? The answer lies in the way Vienna has embraced all…

Austria’s prettiest village

We flew into Vienna from Bangalore and after spending three days there, hired a car to head to Salzburg. The idea was to keep the car for the next couple of days so we could drive around the Austrian countryside. Sadly (not so much, since it meant a smooth drive), the route from Vienna to…